The Aquarium offers a fun environment and enthusiastic educators to help your troop earn badges or patches. Our workshops emphasize hands-on, experiential learning for your troop, pack, or den.

Girl Scouts

Learn about threats to sea turtles and what you can do to help. Hear the story of Kermit the sea turtle and build your very own Trash Talking Turtle. This workshop coincides with the Girl Scout Rosie Petal.
Explore ways you can save energy, water, and the planet. Make crafts, do activities, and learn about making your home "green." This workshop meets the requirements for the skill building Household Elf Badge.
Explore water at the Virginia Aquarium. Play games, do a craft, and learn about the Wonders of Water. This program is designed to help Brownies along their WOW journey.
Learn all about sea turtles through this interactive workshop. This workshop meets the requirements for the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast Explore Sea Turtle Patch.
Explore different homes of animals while doing crafts and activities. Learn how to protect the homes of animals. This workshop meets the requirements of the skill building Animal Habitats Badge.
Learn how scientists explore the ocean using technology. Build an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and research buoy.
Complete the requirements while you and your troop explore the Aquarium. This patch is designed to be completed "on your own." Download the requirements here. There is no workshop fee associated with this patch. Aquarium admission fees apply. Aquarium admission fees are $8 per scout and $10 per adult.

Cub Scouts

Learn about the importance of wildlife conservation. This workshop fulfills the requirements for the Wildlife Conservation Academic Belt Loop.
Predators, venomous snakes, and poison ivy, oh my! Learn about venomous snakes and plants in your area and how to avoid and identify them. Play activities to learn about food webs and how to be an observer of nature. This workshop meets the requirements of the Webelos Naturalist Badge.
Learn how scientists explore the ocean using technology. Build an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and research buoy.

Boy Scouts

Conduct experiments, play games, and do hands-on activities that fulfill requirements for this Merit Badge.
Conduct experiments, play games, and do hands-on activities that fulfill requirements for this Merit Badge.
Conduct experiments, play games, and do hands-on activities that fulfill requirements for this Merit Badge.
Conduct experiments, play games, and do hands-on activities that fulfill requirements for this Merit Badge.
Learn how scientists explore the ocean using technology. Build an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and research buoy.

Overnights

Spend the night at the Aquarium! Meet our Animal Ambassadors, do scientific experiments, play nature-based games, and make crafts to take home. Reservations, deposit, and pre-payment are required. Visit the overnights page​ for more information.


Frequently Asked Questions

Registration

Please contact the Program Coordinator at  (757) 385-0278 to place a reservation. You will need the following:

  • Date you would like to reserve.
  • Workshop title.
  • Payment method.

Note: Workshops are scheduled based on availability. Dates cannot be held without payment.

Workshop fees are listed with workshop descriptions. The fee includes one workshop for up to 20 scouts. The workshop fee is collected at the time a reservation is made. Until payment is received, your date is not confirmed.

We accept the following payment methods:

  • Personal Check *, **
  • Money Order *
  • Cashier's Check *
  • Visa
  • MasterCard
  • American Express
  • Discover

*   Payable to Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center.
** Returned checks will be charged an additional fee.

Programs and Workshops

Scout programs and workshops can be scheduled daily between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (based on availability). Please contact the program coordinator at  (757) 385-0278 for current availability.

Scouts are encouraged to bring:

  • Writing utensil
  • Small notebook
  • Merit badge pamphlet and signed blue card (if applicable)
All scout badge/patch workshops offered at the Aquarium fulfill the requirements for the badge/patch. There are no prerequisites required.
All badges/patches offered at the Aquarium can be completed on the same day. Some workshops (Environmental Science Merit Badge, Oceanography Merit Badge) require two three-hour programs to complete all requirements. These can be scheduled on the same day. (Note: two three-hour programs in one day can be challenging for some scouts. Please keep this in mind when making reservations for your scout workshop.)
To ensure all scouts meet the requirements for badges/patches, we limit programs and workshops to 20 participants. With more than 20 participants, we are unable to provide hands on activities and live animal programs.
A minimum of two participants is required for any scout badge/patch workshop.
Scout groups may purchase Aquarium admission at the rate of $8.00 per scout and $10.00 per adult to tour the Aquarium at any time. Group reservations can be made in advance by calling Guest Services at (757) 385-0300, or on the day of the visit at the Guest Services Office in the Bay & Ocean Pavilion. A one-time payment in full is required to receive this group rate.
Badges/Patches are not included with workshop, as some organizations require documentation and signed paperwork to purchase awards. Please contact your organization to obtain awards.
There are educators on staff registered to sign Blue Cards. In some cases Blue Cards will be collected from scouts, signed, and returned to a leader via the United States Postal Service.